We get it. Life moves fast. From speeding deadlines and growing to-do lists to mounting bills and busy kids – getting a moment to yourself is a scarce commodity. Add a cluttered environment to the equation, and you have a problem really worth stressing about. And since it’s hard to control your surroundings in the traffic or at the office, it makes sense to start somewhere simpler: at home. After all, isn’t this the space where you should be able to kick off your shoes and relax?So, step back and take a deep breath – ahead, you’ll find 5 ways to bring simplicity and Zen into your home in no time!
First Things First
Nothing creates visual stress like “stuff”. And if you’ve ever been driven to tears by not being able to find something, you’ll understand why decluttering your home is an essential part of the Zen process. But it isn’t easy.
The best way to tackle it is in stages — focus on one room, one space, or even one zone within a room, completing the job fully before moving on to the next space. This will also build confidence as you experience visible success at each step.
Colours are Next
Nothing induces a sense of relaxation and calmness like a clean natural palette. Clean white walls can open up a space and make it feel airy, while soft, nature-toned pieces like beige, tan and green are soothing and easy on the eyes. Decorating within a neutral colour palette also gives your home that instant, pulled-together look.
Create a spa-like ambience with the aid of soft greens, cool blues and other tones that mimic soothing natural elements. Keep colour to a minimum and choose an overall palette that doesn’t stress the senses.
Let in The Light
There’s nothing as refreshing as natural light to make a home feel bright and airy – and close to nature. The next step, naturally, is to let some natural light into your home. For a relaxing space, minimise harsh florescent lights and replace with lamps that light up specific areas – like a desk lamp. Keep window treatments to a minimum and let the light pour in at every opportunity.
Natural and Light Fabrics
While minimalism is great, an empty a sterile environment isn’t part of Zen culture. Incorporating nature in your home décor, however, is a big part of Zen philosophy. The uniqueness of earthy materials can add a lot of character and warmth to your abode.
When adding accessories to your home, invest in pieces of natural or raw materials such as wood, marble, hides, clay and cork. A wool carpet works wonders in warming a room with wooden parquet flooring – the best of both worlds. The furniture should also be high quality and made of natural materials such as rattan and reclaimed wood. These bring a sense of warmth and relaxation.
Green Plants for Calmness
One of the biggest home décor trends in 2019 is to bring the outside inside. And this goes for a Zen-inspired home too. Minimise the amount of ornaments in your home, and replace with low-maintenance plants, such as succulents and orchids, to lend added freshness and calm to any room.
Getting stressed out about your décor? Don’t worry. The experienced home décor specialists from DDL are specially trained to turn your home into an oasis of luxury. For more décor inspiration, you can also visit their showroom in Kramerville, Sandton. From soft and neutral home accessories to custom-made furniture that will light up your life, they have something for everyone.
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